Our first game had the Sand Sharks visiting the Minute Men and it was testy for much of the first before George Brkljacic decided to put on a show. He would score a natural hat trick in the last 5:25 of the opening stanza. The first came off of a nice break out that saw him end to end. the second came on the power play when Ryan Compton shoveled the biscuit in his path and again, end to end for the goal. The third was a wild Wyatt Frontiero tour of the ozone that ended with him spotting George on the Sharks back door writing a book. In the second period Frontiero would head to the bench for a change but changed his mind last second as an attack was pending. he broke up the attack and went coast to coast for the tally. A beautiful setup in the slot by Brkljacic for Andrew Harmon minutes later and it is 5-0 Minute Men. Joey Soroukas also with the assist. The Sharks began to battle back though just ten seconds later and would score three of their own in the second period. Matthew Wallace (s) would snipe John Thompson twice in a row in his FIHL debut. The 2008 born Phenom could be a boost to the Sharks or Rays if he ends up playing full time. Time will tell. The Militia hit back with another two goals by Brkljacic which would include the eventual game winner. Jonathan Cholnik would score the next goal on a power play with George in the box for the Sharks to close the gap up to 7-3 and that is where the period would end. The Sharks refused to go away quietly in the third and scored two unanswered goals to get within two. Julien Mesa gets the first and Finn Smith would score the second on a nice hockey play with assists going to Clark and newest Sand Shark, Lex Petrov. The Sharks then pulled Gaffney for the extra attacker while on a power play to try to get to within one, but their hopes and dreams were crushed by everyone’s favorite player to hate, Wyatt Frontiero, as he slapped the puck from his own blue line into the empty net. The Sharks just kept going and would actually score on a Phenex Hauver one timer in the crease from Julien Mesa to get their sixth goal of the game with :07 left. The game ends 8-6 Minute Men. The Minute Men finished with 51 shots and one for three on the power play while the Sand Sharks put 47 shots on Thompson and were one for five on the power play.